FIREFIGHTERS rejected a 2 per cent pay offer yesterday, claiming it included a “whole host of strings” attached.
Members of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) were consulted on the proposed deal, which broke the government’s seven-year cap on public-sector pay.
The union said a lack of clarity in the proposals, uncertainty about funding arrangements and concerns about the details of some new areas of work all contributed to members deciding not to accept the offer.
FBU general secretary Matt Wrack said: “Firefighters have suffered hugely as a result of the government’s pay policy.
“The union is concerned that a lack of detail on how the offer would be funded has led to the rejection. If a pay rise is funded through cuts to frontline services and job losses, this is clearly unacceptable.”